Today the world commemorates the birth and legacy of a giant, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa’s first black and democratically elected president, who served from 1994 to 1999. Mandela’s great achievements and legacy cannot be adequately described in words, we look at some important moments in Madiba’s life captured on camera in these 10 pictures.
The African Union (AU) has finally launched the long-awaited African passport as part of the bloc’s 2063 Agenda. The passport was launched during opening of the 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. While the launch of the African passport is a welcome development, there are concerns whether AU member states will soon begin producing the African passport in accordance with their visa policies. We look at social media reactions on issuance of the African passport.
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested Evan Mawarire, a pastor, who started #ThisFlag, a social media campaign, which encourages citizens to speak on poor governance, the ailing economy corruption and poverty in the country. Mawarire who has called for a two-day stay-away scheduled to start tomorrow is one of the activists who masterminded the recent mass stay-away/shutdown Zimbabwe protest.
Zambia’s aviation records keep tumbling, Kalenga Kamwendo became the country’s youngest pilot last year aged 20 but that record has been shattered by 19 year-old Besa Mumba, who has just become Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot. Mumba secured her dream job as a pilot flying with the nation’s scheduled airline, Proflight Zambia.
As Malawi celebrates 52 years of independence, Levi Kabwato and Thoko Chikondi look back at the pain of the past and the leaders who have shaped the country into what it is today.
Tanzania has passed a provision, which stipulates that men who impregnate or marry schoolgirls will face 30 years in prison as part of the government’s commitment to fight and prevent child marriage. The country has one the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world, and to eliminate the scourge, the government has resolved to take tougher measures in the form of lengthy jail terms to protect school-girls.
A Nigerian engineer Timothy Addigi Terfa is set to launch a tractor, wholly designed and built in Nigeria, a laudable step in agricultural innovation. The invention could certainly be a game changer considering indications that labour costs for agriculture in Nigeria continue to rise while levels of mechanization remain low.
South Sudanese-Australian basketball sensation, 19 year-old Thon Maker has been selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the team’s 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The 7-foot-1 player graduated from high school in 2015. Congratulations on the draft.
Africa has lost one of its great writers, renowned Nigerian author, Elechi Amadi, popularly known for his debut masterpiece, The Concubine, which is widely considered his magnum opus. Amadi was born in Nigeria in 1934 and passed away on the 29th of June 2016. He was 82 years old. Amadi, indeed leaves an indelible mark and a great legacy, which will continue to inspire African writers. May he rest in perpetual peace.